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The Babble Back-to-school Playlist

  • The White Stripes: We are Gonna Be Friends 1 of 12

    1: The White Stripes: We are Gonna Be Friends

    If your kid's in a new class, ease his fears by playing this unadorned tune from Jack and Meg White. They'll tell him what to expect — "Numbers, letters, learn to spell/nouns, and books, and show and tell" — while remaining inoffensive to adult musical tastes.

     

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  • They Might Be Giants: Nonagon 2 of 12

    2: They Might Be Giants: Nonagon

    People mistook the goofy sound of They Might Be Giants for children's music, so their foray into the kiddie genre was well played. Geometry has never been so catchy.  

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  • Recess Monkey: Sack Lunch 3 of 12

    3: Recess Monkey: Sack Lunch

    To the updated tune of 'I'm a Little Teapot,' this funky male trio sings about what happens when a sack lunch goes on an adventure. It'll get your little ones excited for the brown bags, pb&j's, and homemade notes to come!

     



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  • The Ramones: Rock and Roll High School 4 of 12

    4: The Ramones: Rock and Roll High School

    If elementary school is tough for your little one, this song will remind her of all she has to look forward to once high school comes around — just be sure to remind her that getting her homework in on time is truly punk rock.

     



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  • Arcade Fire: Ready to Start 5 of 12

    5: Arcade Fire: Ready to Start

    School can seem like a total drag compared to a summer full of pools, barbecues, and beaches — but when you and your child start rockin' out to "Ready to Start," maybe he'll be in a better mindset to dive into fall.

     



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  • Kriss Kross: I Missed the Bus 6 of 12

    6: Kriss Kross: I Missed the Bus

    Perhaps the best motivator for making it to the bus stop on time: Tell your kids they'll have to be dropped off with this song blasting out of the windows if they're late to school. Kriss Kross learned their lesson, after all.

     



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  • Beach Boys: Be True to Your School 7 of 12

    7: Beach Boys: Be True to Your School

    This sweet ‘60s tune is a smooth ode to school spirit — although you might have to explain what a letterman jacket is to your little one.

     



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  • Florence and the Machine: Dog Days are Over 8 of 12

    8: Florence and the Machine: Dog Days are Over

    Maybe your family isn't the summer type: It's too hot, too boring. Well, lucky for you: The dog days (of summer) are over! A perfect early-morning tune to get everyone dancing out the door.

     



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  • Jackson 5: ABC 9 of 12

    9: Jackson 5: ABC

    With all that summer fun, your child might need a refresher on his letters and numbers. Okay, it's only "A, B, C, 1, 2, 3," but it's a start.

     



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  • Paul Simon: Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard 10 of 12

    10: Paul Simon: Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard

    If your kid is refusing to go to school, play this song and remind him how cool it is to hang out with his pals before the bell rings. While the song lyrics allude to some sort of law being broken, just ignore that, and groove to the upbeat sound.

     



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  • Chuck Berry: School Days 11 of 12

    11: Chuck Berry: School Days

    Ring! Ring! Goes the bell! Play this for your mini rock-and-roller and you'll have no problem sending her out the door, backpack in tow.

     



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  • Fleetwood Mac: Don’t Stop 12 of 12

    12: Fleetwood Mac: Don't Stop

    When it's Thursday night and your kid's saddled with homework, a science project, and a big history test, take a break for a quick jam with this classic that will remind him the next day (and the weekend!) will come soon enough.

     



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